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March 2013 site update


 
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#1 | Posted: 03/05/2013 10:29 | Post subject: March 2013 site update Reply with quote
BEA currently takes a lot of testing before each release, but this also means there's simply not enough time left in each month to make any major changes. With this in mind, BEA will now revert to a bi-monthly release cycle to enable bigger releases to occur (less updates, but more functionality each time).

I'd also like to ask people again this month to concentrate more on discussing music, and try and keep threads on topic. Some of the content posted this month is not focused on music, and would be more at home on Facebook or somewhere else. Please respect other members and let's try and improve the quality of debate.

Album/chart of the day history
This month, a new page has been added to BEA which shows the history of the album, world album and chart of the day. You can filter the page to show any of the current categories and go back to when this first started. Original thread (from tbakeman).

Other changes
  • Increased the edit 'lock' period for items currently being edited to 30 minutes (from 15) to better avoid edit clashes. Also, added an extra check (before an item is saved) to see if an item is currently locked by somebody else (a save will no longer happen if an item is being edited elsewhere). Original thread (from Romanelli).
  • Increased the minimum number of ratings for an item to qualify for the top-rated charts to 20. Original thread (from Jabapac).
  • Increased the length of rank notes to 2,048 characters (& for wish list notes as well) Original thread (from Borve Baunehoj)
  • Fixed 'No chart found' sometimes appearing in the list of similar charts
  • Highlight other charts by the same user within the list of similar charts. Original thread (from gtroda)
  • Increased the maximum length of aggregated year and decade charts to 1,000 albums (to make 'treasure hunting' a bit easier). Original thread & here (from sethmadsen & martintho).
  • Show a *next* level teaser message on user charts page.
  • Improved the relevancy of search results from the site masthead.
  • You can now sort by price to help find the cheapest deal for a particular CD or MP3 (try this out for any item from the Shop page).
  • Added a helpful/unhelpful vote breakdown for member comments. Original thread (from Behrus58).
  • Added an 'average rating' column to CSV exports.
  • Now show the country in band search results & for album of the day
  • 'Newly added albums' page now loads a lot faster
  • Fixed an issue where URLs containing brackets could cause blank forum posts e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_Gear_Solid_(film)
  • Fixed an issue where long strings of characters could break the forum layout (any word of over 90 characters is now automatically broken)
  • Fixed an issue where the code which validated the maximum image size in a user signature could be bypassed (the max image size is 400 x 150 pixels)
  • ...Lots more smaller fixes and improvements!

Support us
If you'd like to support BEA, you can do so in any of the following ways:

  • Link to BEA from other websites. Talk about us on other websites, create a buzz and get people to check us out (but be careful not to do this in a spammy way!)
  • Buy your music via BEA. If you discover a new album or track, with help from BEA, use the iTunes, Amazon and eBay buttons on this site to buy it from your favourite store. BEA gets a small commission (pennies), and it helps to pay our hosting fees.
  • Subscribe to our newsletter. Keep up to date with the latest site news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.
  • Use our chart widget. Share your chart on Facebook (or any other website)! You can find our chart widget on the resources page.
  • 'Like' us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Liking us on Facebook is a great way to promote BEA! If some of your friends see that you 'like' us, they might check us out too!

Enjoy the site and more soon...

albummaster
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